Fox's coverage was led by Trump's fiercest defender in the media and a confidant of the president who reportedly speaks to him regularly. Jon Kyl. He also met for roughly 30 minutes with Sen.
"I look forward to thoroughly examining Judge Kavanaugh's record in the coming weeks as the Senate considers his nomination to replace Justice Kennedy", McCaskill said. He did not offer a timeline for confirmation hearings. Three Democrats voted to confirm Gorsuch as well: West Virginia's Joe Mansion III, Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, indicating that opposition to Kavanaugh might not be universal among Senate Democrats.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate - but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) isn't expected to vote due to medical issues that make it hard for him to travel to Capitol Hill. The GOP leader warned against engaging in "cheap political fear-mongering". "And we should treat this process with the respect and the dignity that it deserves".
Ingraham said that Kavanaugh is being considered a "monster" by Democrats as well as the Hollywood left because of how he could potentially rule on abortion, health care and gun rights.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle. Republican Sen. Rand Paul reportedly took issue with Kavanaugh's rulings on health care, which could be a concern due to Republicans' small margin for error in the Senate.
Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights. The two have supported access to abortion services. "For one thing, [Kavanaugh]'s got thousands of pages of memos and emails and all from his time at the White House", Leahy said.
Collins said Kavanaugh is "clearly qualified" but other issues also will come into play for her, specifically "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy".
"Brett Kavanaugh is a right-wing ideologue selected off the ultra-conservative Federalist Society's judicial wish list", U.S. Sen. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".
"Because of Donald Trump's openly Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist views and policies targeting minority and immigrant communities, it is incumbent upon the Senate to question Mr Kavanaugh about his opinions on the protection of civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants", he said. "And that's, I think, wrong".
In a 2009 article for the Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh argued that the president should be exempt from "time-consuming and distracting" lawsuits and investigations, which he said would "cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the global or domestic arenas".
"It's not the pick conservatives had hoped for", Darling said.
"Montanans have a lot on the line with this next Supreme Court Justice, so I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what's best for this nation", Tester said.
As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented in 2011 from the appeals court's conclusion that Obamacare did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
University of IL law Professor Andrew Leipold worked with Kavanaugh as part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team back in the 1990s, investigating former President Bill Clinton.